Read: John 14:1

Most of the time it is the circumstances that determine our attitude. If life is going as we wish, we feel content and good. But when the situation turns for the worse, our mood turns into gloom. A believer need not live like this. The apostle Paul is a fitting example of a person being content in Christ. Paul submitted his life to the Lord and trusted Him. He faced persecution and trials, but was still content.

To be content means accepting things as they are and not wanting anything to be different. Paul said in Phil. 4:11-12, “Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.” Again, he said in 1 Tim. 6:6, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” This requires cultivating trust in Christ and having faith in Him. We should allow God’s power to come into our weaknesses so that we can face the changing circumstances.

We must surrender our will to God’s will. In every situation in life, we are to yield what we desire and accept what He allows. Our desire to control and order things is replaced by dependence on Him. If we fight against our circumstances, it only brings despair and anxiety. We also have to trust God and realise that God is working out His perfect plan in our lives. When we do that, we will experience true joy and contentment. Contentment cannot be found in people, possessions, or money. We can find contentment only in Christ, and in striving to serve Him.

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